Treatments for SAD
There are three main treatments for SAD:
- Light Therapy: consisting of sitting in front of a light therapy box for a certain amount of time each day. This light box mimics outdoor light and appears to change brain chemistry to reduce depressive symptoms
- Medication: Antidepressants have been known to help with SAD. You should always consult a medical Doctor when considering medication.
- Psychotherapy (Counseling): Can help you identify and change negative thoughts and behaviors and find a more positive internal outlook.
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What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) also known as Winter Depression?
SAD is a form of depression that occurs in a person during the same season each year. While little is known about the cause of SAD it is believed to be a lack of sunlight.
SAD is more prevalent in women and people who live in areas where sunlight is greatly reduced during the Winter months.
It is also thought that a person is more likely to experience SAD if they have a relative who has it.
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